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Our brewery discovery in St Jacobs

Posted by Katy

Friday, September 30th, 2016
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Right about now the folks at Block Three Brewing Company in St. Jacobs, Ontario are busy. Not just busy packing this order for Savvy Hip Hops, but busy preparing for their Oktoberfest celebration, aptly named: Blocktoberfest.

If you’re unable to join them and many other craft beer fans on October 14th, then they encourage you to raise a glass & enjoy your beer selection we sent to you this month while you chant: Eins, zwei, drei, g’suffa; Zicke-Zacke-Zicke-Zacke Hoy, Hoy, Hoy!

In this month’s Savvy Hip Hops, you will find various combos of 12 bottles of these beers…

…in your Quick Picks

-King Street Saison
-Beauty and the Belgian Amber Ale
-Do You Want to Dance? IPA
-Fickle Mistress – Raspberry Ginger Sour
-Stratus Fear Brett Barrel Aged Saison
-The Loneliness Red Wine Barrel Aged RIS

…in your Taste Case

– King Street Saison
-Beauty and the Belgian Amber Ale
-Do You Want to Dance? IPA
-Fickle Mistress – Raspberry Ginger Sour
-Stratus Fear Brett Barrel Aged Saison
-The Loneliness Red Wine Barrel Aged RIS
-Dulle Griet Barrel Aged Belgian Red Ale

Need more beer?

If you would like additional bottles of any beer featured in Savvy Hip Hops, just call our Savvy Brew Crew & we’ll do our best to arrange a special shipment for you. Put us on speed dial – Savvy Hip Hops Hotline: 613-SAVVYCO (728-8926) or cheers@savvycompany.ca

Cheers!

Debbie & the Savvy Brew Crew

 

Introducing…
Block Three Brewing Company
by Katy Watts, Cicerone & member of the Savvy Brew Crew

The Local Beer Club

Block Three Brewing Company started as an idea after sampling a few beers at a monthly beer club session. The Beer Club had become a way for friends to get together, sample beers from around the world and catch up. To make it seem more ‘official’, there were monthly dues for incidentals like food and glassware.

Unlike most ideas that are tossed around after a few beers this one took and members Derek Lebert, Phil Hipkiss, Graham Spence and Bryan Maher soon found themselves writing a business plan, formulating recipes and making renovations to build their brewery. people-brewers

 

Brewing Beer

Sampling beer and brewing beer are two VERY different things, which is why the new Block Three Brewing Company had an ace up their sleeve. Beer Club member, Bryan Maher was an active homebrewer having started when he was in high school. Together, the group decided they didn’t want to produce the kind of beer readily available at the LCBO or Beer Store. They wanted their beer to be unique, natural and something that others would proudly enjoy with their friends – at a pub or a gathering of a local beer club. “Our focus has always been Belgian-style ales,” says Graham “but we’ve always been keen to experiment with Brett or barrel aging.”

 

The Brewery

Block Three Brewing Company, named after a plot of land bought in 1798 by settler William Wallace, officially opened its doors to thirsty St. Jacob’s on Labour Day in 2013 – and they sold out within 48 hours! At the time the brewery had a 10 barrel brewhouse with three 10 barrel fermenters and were producing 3,000 litres of beer a month.

Three years later the brewery has not only expanded their production, adding two 10 barrel ferementers, four 20 barrel fermenters, but created a barrel aging program with 32 barrels and a 10hl foudre. This has given them great flexibility to create and offer their customers a wide variety of beer, “If you come in one week and then the next you might find that we’ll have two completely different selections of beer available,” boasts Graham.

meat-picTo the delight of their non- local fans, they started distributing to the LCBO last year and with the help of Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company started reaching out to LCBO’s out of the Waterloo-Kitchener area. “Just this past summer we started working with Beau’s to help increase our distribution across the province,” mentions Graham “it didn’t make sense for us to drive to Ottawa or Kingston when Beau’s already does that.”

This new partnership with Beau’s will undoubtedly lead to exciting times for this new brewery. Keep these fellas on the radar and remember you heard the news from the Savvy Brew Crew first!

 

Here’s to Derek, Phil, Graham, Bryan & the brewery crew
who have come a long way since this pix!

 

 – Savvy Hip Hops Tasting Notes –

 

Katy shares her notes about each beer, along with her picks on what to serve … and some fun recipes too! 

King Street Saison

Block Three Brewing’s flagship beer! This 4.6% ABV (alcohol by volume), 16 IBU (international bitterness units) Belgian-style Saison is named after the street the brewery resides which also happens to be one of the main streets in St. Jacobs.

Tasting Notes: Popping the cap, there is a good amount of yeast-forward aroma – banana spiced with peppercorn. The flavour is sweet with more of those yeast esthers then dives into some pepper before finishing with a pleasant citrus bitterness.

Suggested Food Pairing: My all time favourite food pairing with a Belgian-style Saison is mussels – I think I suggest it with most Saison’s that appear in Savvy Hip Hops. If you aren’t a fan then try serving King Street Saison alongside a roasted chicken that’s had a good rubdown with herbs, garlic and butter.

 

beauty-and-belgianBeauty & the Belgian Amber Ale

This 6.3% ABV, 15 IBU Belgian-style Amber Ale isn’t your typical Amber Ale – offering a bump in alcohol and more yeast derived aromas and flavours.

Tasting Notes: The aromas are fairly sweet with caramel, toast and bready malts with a hint of earthy hops becoming more pronounced at the end as it warms. There’s more of that sweetness in the flavour with light caramel, some sweet raisin and a slight crispness at the finish.

Suggested Food Pairing: This is a very versatile beer that could pair with a number of different foods. However, with the weather getting a little cooler and nights getting a little longer I’d recommend a saucy pulled pork sandwich with a slice of cheddar. 

 

do-u-want-to-danceDo You Want to Dance? IPA

This 6.5% ABV, 50 IBU India Pale Ale features hops from Hayhoe Hops in Aylmer, Ontario. Their fresh hops were added to the fermentor as a way to give this IPA an extra boost of hop aroma and flavour.

Tasting Notes: When I first opened the bottle I was surprised by the juicy orange hop note, it was all I could smell. After pouring it in a glass the orange note faded, but other tropical fruits started appearing: mango, passion fruit and a lingering orange or tangerine. The flavour is a fair bit more balanced offering a solid malt backing to a citrus bitterness that doesn’t leave you overwhelmed.

Suggested Food Pairing: Wet hopped beers are beautiful and really capture the flavour and aroma of the hop harvest. In my opinion there’s no better way to enjoy this than with other seasonal vegetables that have just been harvested, like a root vegetable stew. Or, enjoy this on a porch with a thick slice of pate, a chunk of cheddar and take in the spectacle that is fall.

 

Fickle Mistress – Raspberry Ginger Sour

There is a lot happening in this 5.5% ABV, 20 IBU beer. Fickle Mistress was first kettle soured then fermented with lactobacillus and a combination of ginger/raspberry puree and finally dry hopped. Phew!

Tasting Notes: Pours a nice pinkish hue with a fizzy white head. The aroma is a beautiful tart raspberry with hints of lemon and ginger at the back. The flavours are quite similar with the raspberry/lemon being prominent, but the spice of the ginger pleasantly builds on the palate as you sip.

Suggested Food Pairing: This tastes like summer to me. I’d enjoy it with a crisp salad with grilled chicken and a vinaigrette dressing. Alternatively, I’d also serve this alongside something a bit heavier and contrasting like hummus and pita. The slight sour note would help pick up your palate.

 

stratus-fearStratus Fear Brett Barrel Aged Saison

This Belgian-style Saison was treated to 8 months of aging in red wine barrels from Stratus Winery. In addition to the Belgian Saison yeast it was initially fermented in, it got an addition hit of Brettanomyces while it sat in the barrel

Tasting Notes: Ahhh, you can smell the Brettanomyces funk as you pour! Oak, horse blanket, dried cherry mixed with a slight citrus and pepper. This is a wonderful beer to sip and wonder about the flavours you’re experiencing.

Suggested Food Pairing: I love Brettanomyces, especially paired with the Saison-style. I’d go full on cheese with this beer and serve up a board of Camembert, Colby and Gorgonzola.

 

The Loneliness Red Wine Barrel Aged Russian Imperial Stout

Block Three must be predicting a cold winter to be giving us such a decadent treat. This 8.7% ABV, 35 IBU Russian Imperial Stout was in hibernation for a year before being bottled.

Tasting Notes: In the nose there are aromas of cocoa, roasted coffee, licorice and a slight tartness – tart cherry or plum. The flavours are more of that cocoa and roasted coffee with the licorice taking a back seat to a more pronounced tannic red wine flavour.

Suggested Food Pairing: The deep chocolate and coffee notes are going to crave a chocolate-y pairing, but I want you to resist that temptation and pair it with something savoury. Pair this big beer, with a big food – steak! Trust me, the bitterness of the roast combined with the tannins of the red wine and sweetness of the malt are going to really make that beef pop.

 

– Recipes to enjoy with the featured Savvy Hip Hops –

With King Street Saison…

Beer Broth Mussels

Recipe and Photo: Drink with the Wench

mussels-block-3Ingredients

1 Tbsp olive oil
1 shallot, sliced
¼ cup celery, thinly sliced
¼ yellow onion, thinly sliced
1 lb mussels, cleaned and debearded
6 oz King Street Saison
¼ tsp fresh thyme leaves or 1/8 tsp dried
1 bay leaf
1 Tbsp butter
Sea salt
Freshly ground pepper

 

Method

Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet; add shallots, onion and celery. Cook until softened (about 5 minutes).

Add mussels, King Street Saison, thyme, bay leaf and butter. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover. Cook until mussels are open (about 4-6 minutes) Keep pan moving frequently. Discard mussels that do not open.

Serve in bowls with beer broth, toasted bread and the remainder of the King Street Saison.

 

With Beauty and the Belgian…

Sweet and Savoury Pulled Pork

Recipe and Photo: A Pinch of Nutmeg

pulled-pork-block3Ingredients

3-4 lbs pork shoulder
1 large onion, halved and sliced
2.5 cups BBQ sauce (your favourite)
6 oz Coca Cola
6 oz Beauty and the Belgian
Salt and Pepper

 

Method

Placed sliced onions in a slow cooker, covering the entire bottom surface. Coat pork with a generous layer of salt and pepper. Place seasoned pork in the slow cooker on top of onions, fat side up. In a bowl combine BBQ sauce, soda and beer – stir to combine. Pour over pork. Place top on slow cooker and cook on low for eight hours.

After eight hours, remove pork to a large plate or platter and use to forks to shred pork. Pork should shred very easily. Remove bone at this time as well. Return pulled pork to slow cooker, stir to coat in sauce and allow to simmer for 30 minutes.


 

With Do You Want to Dance?…

Warming Vegetable Curry

Recipe and Photo: My Recipes

curry-block-3Ingredients

1 ½ tsp olive oil
1 cup sweet potato, peeled and diced
1 cup cauliflower florets
¼ cup yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 tsp Madras curry powder
½ cup vegetable broth
1/3 cup Do You Want to Dance? beer
¼ tsp salt
1 (15 oz) can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
2 Tbsp fresh cilantro, chopped
½ cup plain Greek yogurt

 

Method

Heat olive oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.

Add sweet potato to pan; sauteé 3 minutes. Decrease heat to medium.

Add cauliflower, onion, and curry powder; cook 1 minute, stirring mixture constantly.

Add broth and next 3 ingredients (through tomatoes); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes or until vegetables are tender, stirring occasionally.

Sprinkle with cilantro; serve with yogurt. Yummy as a side or a full meal.

 

Enjoy your Savvy Hip Hops!

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